Summer Session Goes from Small-time Sleeper to Almost Required

January 1, 2008

Summer session used to be a time for college students to choose from limited offerings for a specific purpose, like filling in a few missing credits to finish the requirements for a diploma.  How things have changed.   For Summer 2009, 13,500 students at Rutgers University have signed up for over 1,300 courses offered in 3 sessions from late May through August. Course session lengths range from 3 weeks to 12 weeks, with some offering a blend of in-class and online teaching.  The popularity of summer session has increased with enrollment – more students means less availability of classes during the traditional Fall and Spring semesters. The poor economy has also convinced students that remaining enrolled in school is preferable to being unemployed.  This, combined with the fact that only one-third of college students graduate in 4 years, has made summer session almost a requirement for the diligent college student.  Some colleges, like William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey are offering discounts for summer session classes.  Rutgers, for the first time, is offering an installment plan for summer session tuition payments.  Summer session is quickly becoming a more often taken option along the route to a college degree.

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Don’t Let Summer Pass You By!

While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.


In Memory of Diane Gallo

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our co-founder Diane Gallo. Diane, a beloved independent educational consultant who went above and beyond for the students she served and their families, will be greatly missed. She was a great colleague and friend to all. If you had been working with Diane, please reach out to her husband Michael Gallo with a written request for a refund of any monies that may be owed to you at 43 Hillside Avenue, Glen Rock, NJ 07452.


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